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... more squished.
Immediately the impact of the earthquake was more evident than in Kathmandu. Large statues and structures lay covered or in ruins around the place and many buildings were propped up using large wooden beams. The aid effort is still very active, with emergency tents still around the city, and classrooms made out of thin bamboo walls seem to be used as schools.
After walking around for about 2 hours we had seen a ...
... he was warm and welcoming and thanked us for coming to help. He drove us back to a building and updated us on the situation a bit, explaining where the hardest hit areas were and that the area where he lived (and where ICA-Nepal headquarters were located) was one of those lesser-affected because most of the buildings were relatively new.
When we arrived at the building he was taking us to (which we thought was going to be the hostel), he showed us to ...
... pocket money. So got a cab into Thamel & changed the cash. Still very hectic around there, constant hassle to buy stuff to which I relented eventually & got some gifts & did a quick recalculation of my cash. Still OK so got a cab back. The road from Thamel to Swayambhunath is very bad, huge potholes, deliberate rocks across the road to slow traffic down & cause less dust, the tarmac often runs out leaving bumpy dirt track. As ...
... prepared to go with it but instead now I'm just thinking about all the ways I can exact revenge on our useless "guide". It wouldn't have happened on my watch....
Currently all I'm hoping is that the beer I've been brought will miraculously enable my aching muscles to stand up tomorrow. At the moment I have to say it's looking unlikely. I'll keep you posted. Whatever happens it's definitely not going to be elegant.
Now leave me alone and let me read part 1 ...
... It turned out that the woman had sprained her ankle in the morning, and on of her porter had to transport her on his back to this guesthouse. They were trying to arrange for a helicopter vacation, but the weather has been too bad to bring one in. Maybe tomorrow! Apparently, they do this with a basket drop, as there is no way a helicopter could land within miles and miles of this place. Anyway, this served as another warning to be careful with ...